Today was our last full day in Spain. Once the menagerie had been sorted out we headed into Jalon for the rastro (aka flea) market. The market was one large car boot sale along the river bank and the riverside car parks. A large mix of market stalls, selling goods from Flamenco dresses & shoes, through skimpy panties & anatomy covers (red ones said to be luck on Christmas Eve), records to any old junk.
Before heading back to the house, a coffee at the Halleluiah bar, and a quick visit to Mas y Mas to buy the evening snack type meal. Whilst there Steve spotted half a piglet for 25 euro. Carol was taken by this and bought one as an incentive for John to come back and BBQ it.
Quick release of the dogs and cats, then we were back down to Calpe to eat at one of the restaurants on the harbour front. Today it was definitely tee shirt weather; so sitting outside was a pleasure. First choosing the restaurant is quite difficult, there is quite a high-pressure sales force pressing you to enter their restaurant, ours plied you with free Sangria and fish cakes. We went for the inclusive menu, which was a starter, main course and half a bottle of wine for under 10 Euro. Rosemary chose battered artichoke (she’d half thought it might be buttered), Carol and Steve had
the deep fried mini squids. For mains Steve ate Sole, while Rosemary and Carol ate grilled Hake; all very good.
Only slight problem with the restaurant was the continual visits of the watch, sunglass, belt and purse sales people. They did make a rather rapid retreat when a policeman appeared. We watched some Spanish girls try on glasses, inspect the bags and so on. The one girl attempted to teach the others how to use a fan.
After the meal, we walked down the promenade looking for the mermaids in the rock, Chris had told us
about. The man of the party ably spotted these again. Top score for the observation power of man. Women probably are chatting too much to see anything.
A quick stop of for tea in a local sea front café; proper Tetley tea, and hot, but then it was run by an English women.